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Turbodog - Abita Brewing Co.

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981 Reviews

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Reviews: 981
Hads: 2,733
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 381 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2001

Turbodog is a dark brown ale brewed with Willamette hops and a combination of pale, crystal and chocolate malts. This combination gives Turbodog its rich body and color and a sweet chocolate toffee-like flavor. Turbodog began as a specialty ale but has gained a huge loyal following and has become one of our flagship brews.

28 IBU
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Reviews: 981 | Hads: 2,733
Photo of Winter
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with ruby hues as light shown through along the sides of the glass. Head was tan in color. A lot of bubbles were present, showing signs of carbonation. Aroma consisted mainly of chocolate malt with hints of molasses. Smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel with a good carbonation. Taste consisted mainly of chocolate malt with a subtle fruitiness in the balanced finish. A decent, very drinkable brown ale.

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Photo of Kwak
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good light tan head, with a sweet malty aroma. Not overpowering head a little sticky when it leaves.

Great body not to thick but good consistency nice brown color.

I like the taste sweet but not overberring.Nice hints of coffee and chocolate, slight toasted malt flavor. Alittle dry in the Finnish but good for this style.

I do recommend!

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Photo of Morris729
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan colored head. Nose is buttery toffee and caramel with a hint of citrus. Taste is dominated by toasted malts with notes of dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass it had a dark brown almost black color, a tan/beige head. The aroma was of a roasted malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. The taste was semi-sweet, hints of malt, chocolate roasty, some bitter at the end. A good beer

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Photo of Viking
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish-brown body, with a bit of CO2. Small head that fades quickly. Very sweet and malty aroma, with hints of coffee and cane sugar. Sweet malty taste, with just a hint of hop bitterness in the bittersweet finish. Slightly rough mouthfeel, oily and a bit thick. Overall, it's just too sweet for the style, but still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and black label is somewhat garish. I would have a drawing of a dog with a jetpack myself. Brown body, ruby highlights beneath a big foamy beige head, which descends fairly quickly.. Aroma has a stong coffee with cream character. Some sweetness. Slight smokey quality. Taste dominated by malts, particularly roasted malts. Buttery. There is a little hop zip lurking in the background. Nice smooth, rich character. No wait, a stout is rich, this is more like middle-class. A good brown ale, which exceeded my memories from several years back when I previously sampled it.

One thing, I need a year on my "best by" date a whole lot more than the day of the month.

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Photo of brakspear
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown body with limited tan head formation that disappears. The aroma is a spicy hop base with a roasted malt background. The taste is rather muddled with a warm alcohol note present on the tongue along with roasted malt flavors. The body seems a tad light. This is a decent brown ale that is nothing special, but better than some versions I have sampled.

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Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep brown color, head is fine-bubbled and persistant -- but not very big at 1/8 of an inch. Sense of a buttery toffee to the aroma. Malty flavor is very soothing, sense of a light toffee and a good deal of sweet-style chocolate. I have a lot of difficulty finding a hops backing for this beer, its pretty unbalanced. But its light body and sweetened character make this pretty drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown in color with a creamy light tan head. Even with a rough pour the head won't come up much, but it will hold fairly well once it's there leaving a thin surface covering throughout the glass. The aroma is lightly chocolatey and toffee-ish with some minor grassy hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that caresses the tongue. The flavor follows the aroma with a chocolate and toffee-like maltiness balanced by a mild bitterness and light grassy hop flavor. It finishes semi-dry with a lingering hop bitterness and some more roasty cocoa notes.

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Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep clear garnet to brown color, the head is mountainous, the lace in thick glutinous sheets, both light chocolate brown in color. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, caramel, fresh and clean. Front is malt sweet, the top skimpy, the finish is gently acidic, sparsely hopped, the aftertaste malt dry. A bit too much malt, and a tad to little hops for me to rank it very high. A drinkable beer none the less, and would do well in putting out the fire after eating some "Over The Top Cajun Food"!

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best if consumed before 7-24.
A healthy dark brown liquid this. A coffee ice cream colored head behaves normally. Aromas suggest scorched caramel custard and tootsie rolls. The flavors are dry and include slightly metallic, dusty, dry grain, milk and 3-Musketeers nuances. A sugarless candy experience. Easy to drink.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog is a very dark reddish brown ale, solid head and a lot of carbonation, good mix of hops and malt but with more sweet malt than hops. Smooth and very roasty finish. The ABV is 5.0%.

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Photo of Myk
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle and poured vigorously, gave a great light carmel colored head. deep brown with good carbonation, maybe a little to much. smell of roasted malt and carmel. light easy hop in flavor, but mostly chocolate and roasted sweet malt. toffee-ish. have to agree with the dry. leaves the mouth almost cotton like, but not in a bad way. if your looking for a dry sweet ale, this is a good one. probably go very well with beef. full-medium body.

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Photo of Mick
4.87/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A heavier product from Abita. Very coffee like. Has a great pour and trickles and trances down the glass with grace. A strong but pleasant aroma. Strong appearance. Highlights of a roasting flavor compliment the overall experience.

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Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a nice brown head on it that leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Very strong dry roasted aromas with an almost husky feel to it and some slight peatish type characteristics. Intesne roasted malt all the way through this one with a nice chocolate turn towards the end and some coffee hiding in the background. This has a surprisingly dry taste and finish and is rather husky much like an altbier. The huskiness is a nice surprise and sets this brew apart from others. A very drinkable brown ale and I am very impressed that this seems to be the beverage of choice for LSU fans.

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Photo of Jon
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't recall who made the Coca-Cola comment before, but surprisingly, this beer kind of looks like Coke. It struggles to hold a head and features substantial carbonation. The nose is of roasted (caramel) malt. The taste is quite similar with the caramel malts taking priority over the hops that seem to be trying to penetrate through. This beer is a little too carbonated for me, but it's drinkable and it's not a bad one.

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Photo of yen157
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If Coca-Cola made beer, this would be it. Very carbonated and tasting more like a cheap porter than a brown ale. It's coffee taste is fleeting and without residual swetness.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark reddish amber color that formed a nice bubbly light tan head that left some nice lace when it subsided. The aroma was of malt malt and toffee. The flavor was of malt, caramel and toffee. The finish was medium and had a slightly toffee aspect to it. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The only way I knew about this beer is that Emerl Lagasse swears by it (as well as Brooklyn Brewery) on TV. It certainly was not bad. Although I would need to have another one in order to get a better understanding of it. Decent aroma and solid drinkability make this beer a refreshing choice with some spicy grub ro just for the heck of it! Bottoms up!

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Photo of jackndan
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbodog: at the very least, I like the name. For a brown ale, it’s as black a beer as I’ve seen lately. Very nice rich head, clinging to the side the whole way down. Strong malt (burnt/chocolate tastes). Nice hints of licorice in the first taste, and throughout the aftertaste, although there are slight hints of grain as well. Very nice.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft...... Deep dark brown, nearly black color, with a marshmellow soft tan head. Served in a skiny pilsner glass. Deep roasted chocolate malt smell, some toffee in there as well. Tasted actually very sweet, chocholate, smooth, and creamy. Pleasant surprise, when the bartender sensed my interest and brought me a bottle to read the label. Nice touch ! Went down very easily and complimented the overpriced food rather nicely. I will definitly order this on tap, if I see it again.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a lavish tan head, lots of sticky lace. Strong malt aroma with fruit and bittersweet chocolate. The malt flavors form the foundation for this beer, but notes of toffee and chocolate are present as well, and towards the finish there are mild hops and hints of fruit. An absolutely glorious brown ale.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent microbrew. I think of Turbo Dog as a specialty brew, because it really does not conform to any particular style. Chocolatey, toffeish and definitely malty; I can drink this stuff with just about anything. It does not have any outstanding negatives in my mind. Definitely worth getting if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a wispy off white head. The bartender was not sure exactly what style it was and my first impression was a porter/brown ale hybrid. A bit sweeter and thicker than your typical brown ale, but not as full bodied as a porter. Roasted malts leave some caramel on the palate, with enough hop complexity to balance the brew nicely. This beer was new to me and I had to judge it with no background. A brown ale but a hefty one.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark ruby with a nice tight beige head. Musty smell. Not bad though. Taste consists of an obscure roasted flavor. A bit of chocolate. And small hop bite. Medium body. A bit of an eccentric brown. Not bad but not good either.

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Turbodog from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.